If you are anything like me, the thought of organizing your homeschool room can get you a little excited (and…maybe a bit overwhelmed). There are so many homeschool room ideas out there, I thought I would share two that I’ve used in the past and what has worked best for our family.
The Official Room
My first official school room was, well…official. I wanted it to look as close to a classroom as possible. “Everyone, the bell has rung, let’s stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance. “
Each student had desk space and a handwriting strip. I even had alphabet cards for the wall. It was picture perfect.
I made these desks out of some scrapbooking organizers I found at a craft store. When they were on sale for half off, they were a much better deal that the filing cabinet style desks that I was desiring from Pottery Barn Kids (the whole thing was over $1000 less).
I LOVED this space because it kept all of the kid’s supplies, notebooks, and projects organized.The alphabet cards were from Veritas Press (they come as part of the Phonics Museum). They feature beautiful and authentic works of art. We painted a blue rectangle on the wall and put up cork board squares to feature the children’s art work. The center board is also cork board covered with some red fabric. On the center board you will find our schedule and several pictures of the missionary families that we pray for.
Also in the schoolroom was a computer table. We converted one of the walls to a giant white board by putting up shower board and some molding (project was $40 and took about an hour). The center of the room was complete with a table (similar to this one) for group work and teaching times with mom.
Being a former classroom teacher, there is rarely a lack of teaching materials. I struggled to find a place for all of my treasures. The picture on the left shows the organizational cube (similar to this one) that was used mostly for tot school. My two year old had toys, books and other things to keep him busy on this shelf. On top was daily folders with work for the girls and a pencil sharpener.
The middle picture shows our IKEA shelf. It holds 3 shelves of children’s books, then curriculum, easy readers and chapter books at the very top (which you can’t see in the picture). The final tower is two of the organizational cubes mentioned above, plus a few assorted containers on the sides. The tower held math manipulatives, games, handwriting tools, art supplies, etc.
I absolutely loved this schoolroom and it worked beautifully for a few years. Then we moved. The new house did not have space for a schoolroom. By this time in my homeschooling journey I had begun to learn that school worked well mixed with everyday life. I wanted to wash dishes while supervising a math lesson or bake muffins while calling spelling words. More and more I was finding that school was being carried into the kitchen.
So when we moved, I made the big change and cut out the schoolroom all together. Instead we made school a part of our living space. This is a great homeschool room idea if you’re working with limited space.
Our home is small with the living room, dining room, and kitchen all within a few feet of each other. So I bought the IKEA Kallax shelf and used it to divide the dining room and the living room. The kids enjoy reading on the couch or on a soft pillow in the corner. The computer is in full view, so I can both monitor and be of assistance.
This is the dinning room area. I converted it to office space. To the left is an eat-in kitchen where the children do table work when needed. To the right is the living room with the couch and computer. This center space is where I spend a lot of time. From this chair I can see what most everyone is doing at any given time. I can offer assistance when needed or redirect a child who has gotten off task.
Most of our materials are stored in the IKEA cube on the right. It has 25 cubes of 12×12 space.The magazine files are the perfect place to store curriculum. I have one for each subject, plus any as needed topics. On the second row far right, you will see 3 binders. These binders are annual notebooks. Each child makes one for each grade level.
Also in this space is my desk and another computer that the kids can use. This comes in very handy as we use computer programs for much of our school curriculum. (The laundry basket is a temporary fix, I haven’t found a table in the right price range yet!)
I love the new schoolroom. It fits our needs very well. I do find that I have to store materials that we aren’t currently using in a closet downstairs to free up cubes space in our school area. This rarely causes a problem. I love that we can cuddle on the couch and read together or that I can finish up the lunch dishes while supervising math.
If you’d like even more specifics as to the details of what we put on our bookshelves, I wrote a post detailing what we put in each cubby. You can check out those homeschool room ideas by clicking here.
If you’re wanting even more organizational ideas, you can check out my Pinterest board dedicated to all things homeschool organization!
Your turn…what does your schoolroom look like? Do you have some homeschool room ideas I’ve missed? Do you prefer a separate schoolroom or family room? Why?
Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.